First PLA Print
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This guide will take your through the process of printing your first objects in PLA.
- Author: Michael Hackney
- Difficulty: Moderate
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Step 1 — Setting up to print ¶
WORK IN PROGRESS
Load the filament on the spool as shown in the photo. It is important that the spool can rotate freely so filament can be pulled off by the extruder.
Clean the glass bed. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) wipes or simply isopropyl alcohol and paper towels work well to remove grease and dirt. Don't touch the glass after you clean it.
Place a 150mm (6") strip of painter's tape in the center of the bed aligned with the Z tower. Then place a strip on both sides as shown in the second photo.
Make sure the tape is adhered and isn't wrinkled then clean it with IPA.
Step 2 — Prepare the printer ¶
Connect to your printer via the Duet Web Control (DWC).
Bring the hot end up to 195°C and the bed up to 55°C by entering these target temperatures in the Heater 1 and Bed fields. One the printer reaches temperature, allow it to equilibrate for at least 5 to 10 minutes before starting a print.
Step 3 — Load your model and print ¶
Navigate to the G-Code Files page and select the UltiBotsFirstPrint-PLA.gcode file. Click the Yes button to start the print.
The D300VS will first run the auto-calibration routine and then start the print.